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Thoughtpicker Witch Discussion
1 month ago
You have many cards here that just are not going to do anything in this format. You're also holding on to too many win-cons. I highly recommend taking a look at this deck for some ideas.
Commander / EDH
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Logistically you need to pick an idea and run with it. Do you want to be an attrition deck, do you want to ping people to death, do you want to set up a combo and just win in a single turn, do you want to swing through with a few massive creatures or tons of little ones. Keep in mind that in any given game you may only go through 20-40% of your deck...if that. So in a deck full of one offs you need tons of synergy so your deck constantly plays similarly. Tutors are excellent, I'd recommend more draw spells such as Font of Mythos. Anything that gives you card advantage is excellent. Athreos rewards having strong abilities on bodies, so look for creatures with powerful, synergistic effects.
Things I personally would remove: Absorb Vis, Lost Legacy, Mind Rot, Eternal Dragon, Filigree Familiar, Gifted Aetherborn, Mesa Unicorn, Celestial Purge, Pharika's Cure, Rest for the Weary, Ritual of Rejuvenation, Angel's Feather, Demon's Horn, Ichor Wellspring, Liliana's Caress, Megrim, and Phyrexian Unlife. None of these cards are particularly bad as individuals, but none really contribute to a deck that as a rule will contend with three other players. Look for cards that affect each player or opponent, also, very rarely do you want to include a card that targets a specific color in your opponents deck. I know this seems like a lot. Take my advice with a grain of salt. I've been playing awhile, and I am biased towards my meta, for you, this may be what you enjoy. Above all, just play. I can throw ideas at you all day, but you'll learn MUCH faster just by playing. :p Some things I recommend to look for, good draw spells, good tutors, good combo pieces and synergistic cards. Look for cards with similar effects to the ones you like.
For real, feel free to ask questions. I just gave you a novel to read. Just think it over. Best of luck!!
2 months ago
I think red is what keeps this deck competitive. It gives me Blood Moon in the sideboard as well as a way to close out the game. Purphoros, God of the Forge does some serious work with all the tokens that will be entering, not to mention Norin the Wary gaining life and pumping our Champion of the Parish and Thalia's Lieutenant.
Thanks for the thoughts!
2 months ago
I'd consider cutting red entirely for a set of Sign in Blood/Night's Whisper, possibly still running martyr of sands, using black for cardraw to maintain the value of martyr. Although with all the token tools, an aristocrats package might work too.
I like the idea of making sisters super card advantagy and grindy. Something like Thoughtpicker Witch serving as a lock peice alongside some 1 drop spam and graveyard recursion perhaps, with ranger of eos keeping it running.
Still, I'll be interested in seeing what you come up with, black has some interesting tools like Plunge into Darkness, Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Athreos, God of Passage, Garza's Assassin and Profane Command.
2 months ago
3 months ago
Hi ZendikariWol, those were a lot of interesting suggestions! Il do my best to give feedback on all of them (this post might get long so sorry in advance xD)
Baloth Null, Greenwarden of Murasa and Noxious Gearhulk are difficult inclusions given the amount of great 6 CMC cards there are. Off the top of my head I can think of Grave Titan and Kokusho, the Evening Star and those didnt make the cut.
Veteran Explorer is definitely worth testing but I think it might be dangerous to provide so much mana for your opponents (this is a somewhat stax build)
Killing Wave seems like it would most of the time be an overly expensive board clear. Wouldnt Torment of Hailfire be better? If possible I would like you to elaborate a little more on your reasoning for this one.
Primal Druid will be tested. Seems pretty solid.
Catacomb Sifter is likelly a future inclusion and its just a metter of figguring out what is going t be replaced.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari - how often is she triggering in your games? Ive been thinking of adding her but Im not sure she would do enough
Lifecrafter's Bestiary is a clear oversight on my part. Ill be adding it soon
Vampiric Rites is a fine inclusion and I wouldnt blame anyone for running it. Like I mentioned above, the sacrifice cost not being zero makes other cards better in my opinion.
Gutter Grime is too slow and easy to stop given that all the tokens die with the enchantment
3 months ago
Like most of your comments, this is about to be a long one.
I run a meren deck myself, equally beatiful as a mix of casual and competitive. Check it out here: Okay, the Whole Death Thing? Minor Setback..
So, here is a list of cards to consider:
Sac Targets: Baloth Null, Eternal Witness, Greenwarden of Murasa and Sepulchral Primordial are all good semi-reanimators. Sacrificing one creature per turn is awful. These guys will keep the late game engine flowing. Yes, their mana cost is a touch hefty but you may not even use the Primordial and the other three are honestly fine if you throw in some ramp. Speaking of, Primal Druid and Viridian Emissary are good, but Veteran Explorer is truly spectacular. Lots of ramp, and you may just get the table on your side. Noxious Gearhulk and Vindictive Lich are both so scary. People don't want to attack into Vindictive Lich and they don't want it dying, so they all leave you basically alone. That's been my experience, anyway.
Now for the outlets. You NEED you a Killing Wave. It may not be recurrable (recursible?), but dear GOD it messes up everyone's day! Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord can be really good, especially with the aforementioned Vindictive Lich. Perilous Forays is just some of the best ramp ever. Plague Boiler is a fun political piece, if you can hold it up. Quagmire Druid is very useful. Stronghold Assassin is great removal, but maybe to spiky for you. Thoughtpicker Witch can PICK apart combo, pun intended. It sounds far fetched, but honestly Vampiric Rites can do a lot of work!
Passive effects that you may wanna get your hands on include Catacomb Sifter, Reaper of the Wilds, and Shadows of the Past, Golgari Germination and Sifter of Skulls, better yet Gutter Grime, Lifecrafter's Bestiary is piles and piles of card advantage. Zulaport Cutthroat is not as bad as it may seem, doing some nice noncombat damage. However you may want to spread out your sacrifices with these effects on board, big turns always attract attention. Also possibly too mean/spiky for you are Butcher of Malakir, Savra, Queen of the Golgari, and Dictate of Erebos. I would make a case for Savra, Queen of the Golgari, however, as the sacrifice effect is optional and it could gain you some nice life.
3 months ago
Hello there :)
I followed your advice and checked out your deck.
You were totally right!
You have some pretty interesting and fun cards.Especially, because they are budget, well done!
Thoughtpicker Witch for example is amazing.
But now I want to return the favour.
Skullclamp is cheaper. It draws you two cards instead of one if the equipped creature is dieing and it's requip costs are also cheaper then the use of the Carnage Altar.
The only disadvantge is, you can only use it during your turn. But I think it's worth trying. Also: Skullclamp is budget, too.
Politics can be strong with this one.
One last card I would introduce to you is: Shriekmaw.
It's effect is similiar to your Ravenous Chupacabra. But it's ability to be use for it's evoke cost is just amazing. You destroy a creature for 2 mana (which is close to cards like Go for the Throat) and then Shriekmaw will sacrifice itself. Put those Experience Counters on your Meren. She will love it.
Shriekmaw is also budget by the way.
I hope some of those cards may help you. I will check your deck soon again, love to get more inspiration. Cheers!